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Hayward Executive Airport

2012-Jul-28 : Fly-Out to Hollister (CVH)

John's Citabria From the email response for the flyout announcement, I estimated a turnout of 4 to 6 airplanes along with 5 passengers. But it being such a fine day for a flyout, the turnout was double that! After clean up from the Young Eagles Rally Saturday morning, 8 airplanes carrying 20 passengers flew from Hayward Executive for Hollister.


Harry's Citabria Gary took off in his Beechcraft Bonanza, Bob T. in his Cessna 182, Bruce N. in his Cessna 195, and I in my Cessna 172. I knew John was going in his Citabria, but as I taxied around the hangars, I saw 2 Citabrias, John’s and Harry’s. Those planes make a great pair together, and they took off as a flight of 2. Charles brought a guest pilot who flew his Cessna 150, and Lloyd completed the squadron with his Taylorcraft L-2.


This was my first flight to Hollister, and I brought Becky and Paul in the plane with me. I just climbed to 3,000 feet and used flight-following to keep things safe. We flew straight to Hollister along San Jose’s East Sag Ponds Calaveras Fault Foothills, with nice views of the Calaveras Reservoir and Lick Observatory on our left. Mineta San Jose International, Reid-Hillview Airport, and Mt. Loma Prieta were of interest on our right. Paul and Becky have a common interest in geology and plate tectonics, noting interesting aspects of the Calaveras and San Andreas faults. They talked about things like sag ponds and offsets. Did you know that the Calaveras Reservoir was formed by, and sits on top of, the Calaveras fault? We were able to follow the Calaveras fault from the foothills through Hollister and pointed out evidence of it along the way.
(sag ponds along the Calaveras fault)


It was a beautiful day over San Jose’s South Valley, and over South County Airport we could see the billowing marine layer covering up the area where Monterey used to be. Ten miles out from Hollister, I could hear Harry and John approach and land, along with radio traffic of a plane prepping for a glider tow. Although the winds seem to favor runway 24, we landed on runway 31 as that seemed to be the runway in use. As soon as I landed, a plane full of skydivers began its taxi out to runway 31.

We walked over to the Ding A Ling Café to see its patio chock full of VAA29 chapter members. There were 20 of us there (well, 18 at the time, but the venerable Taylorcraft eventually landed with 2 more). The food there was excellent. Some members had already gotten their meals. There were burgers and sandwiches, breakfast platters and salads. The chorizo and eggs, and the BLT looked very appetizing, but I settled on a great big southern fried chicken salad. It was a unique salad idea; very tasty and satisfying too. The waitresses did a great job keeping us happy.

Becky and I had a fun time sitting among friends. We enjoyed the conversation while our own CubbyBear photographer took snapshots. After lunch, Becky set us up for a group picture and we headed back to our planes.

- Mike

Number of People: 20

Number of Planes: 8 – Beechcraft Bonanza, Citabria x 2, Cessna 195, Cessna 182, Cessna 172, Cessna 150, Taylorcraft L-2

Lunch out on the patio
Lunch out on the patio

Mike, Mimi, Steve
Mike, Mimi, Steve

John, Becky, Harry
John, Becky, Harry

Ian, Pat, George
Ian, Pat, George

?, Bruce N., Dave
?, Bruce N., Dave

Tim O., ?, ?
Tim O., ?, ?

Gary, Paul, Bob T.
Gary, Paul, Bob T.

Lloyd, Tim R.
Lloyd, Tim R.



Group pic
(Photos courtesy: John, Becky, and CubbyBear Photography)